Andrey Arshavin returns to Zenit on two-year deal after Arsenal exit

Andrey Arshavin agrees a two-year contract with Zenit Saint-Petersburg after leaving Arsenal at the end of the season

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Andrey Arshavin made 11 appearances for Arsenal this term Photo: The Sport Review

Andrey Arshavin has returned to Zenit Saint-Petersburg on a two-year contract after leaving Arsenal at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old made 144 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 31 times over the course of five seasons.

Arsenal announced that the Russia international would be leaving the club at the end of his contract on 30 June after moving to north London from Zenit for £15m back in January 2009.

And Arshavin has now completed a move back to his hometown club – and is hoping he will be able to force his way back into the national team.

“I am very glad that it happened,” Arshavin told Zenit’s website. “I am glad to get back to the city. It’s good to wear the Zenit shirt. I just want to play football.

“Of course, I want to return to the national team. I do not know whether being at Zenit helps this or not. I just want to play football. And I want to do it in my hometown.”

Arshavin, who will officially join Zenit on 1 July, has 74 caps for Russia and was named Russian footballer of the year in 2006.

“Thanks a lot to all Arsenal fans, to all my team partners, who played with me all these years, to all the staff and coaches! Many thanks,” Arshavin tweeted last month.

The Russian added: “Gunners! Good luck in the Champions League next year!”

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